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Births for February 12


  • 1211 Henry VII, Roman catholic German king (1220-35)
  • 1567 Thomas Campion, England, composer/poet/physician
  • 1585 Caspar Bartholin, Malm”, physician, theologian, writer on anatomy
  • 1663 Cotton Mather, witchcraft authority
  • 1665 Rudolph J Camerarius, German botanist/physician (sexuality plant)
  • 1706 Josef Christian, German sculptor
  • 1760 Jan Ladislav Dussek, Bohemia, pianist/composer
  • 1768 Francis II, Florence Italy, last Holy Roman emperor (1792-1806)
  • 1775 Louise Catherine Johnson Adams, 1st lady (1825-1829)
  • 1791 Peter Cooper, industrialist/philanthropist (Cooper Union)
  • 1809 Abraham Lincoln, Kentucky, (R) 16th pres (1861-65)
  • 1809 Charles Darwin, England, discovered evolution (Origin of species)
  • 1818 Otto Ludwig, German writer (Die Heiterethei)
  • 1828 George Meredith, England, poet/novelist (Shaving of Shagpat)
  • 1828 Robert Ransom Jr, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1892
  • 1831 John Morrissey, boxer/developer of Saratoga Springs horse race track
  • 1838 Charles Carroll Walcott, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1898
  • 1841 Bert van Tienhoven, mayor of Amsterdam/foreign minister
  • 1850 Amaat Vyncke, Flemish missionary (Flemish Wind)
  • 1861 Lou (Andreas-)Salom‚, Russian/German author (Im Kampf um Gott)
  • 1865 Kazimierz P Tetmajer, Polish writer/poet (Young Poland)
  • 1867 Hedwig Courts Mahler, German author (That Kriegsbraut)
  • 1867 Joe Howard, NYC, singer (Gay Nineties Revue)
  • 1868 Johan HA Schaper, founder SDAP/Member of Dutch 2nd Chamber
  • 1869 Hendrik P Marchant, Dutch minister of OKW (VVD)
  • 1873 J¢n Trausti, (Gudmundur Magn£sson), Icelandic writer (Heidarbylid)
  • 1880 John Llewellyn Lewis, union leader (United Mine Workers, 1920-60)
  • 1882 Walter Vaes, Flemish painter/etcher
  • 1883 Ludwig Stossel, Austria, actor (Man With a Camera)
  • 1884 Max Beckmann, German painter/graphic artist
  • 1885 Julius Streicher, German district leader (Strmer)
  • 1893 Marcel G J Minnaert, astronomer
  • 1893 Omar Bradley, General of Army WW II "GI General"
  • 1898 Wallace Ford, Batton England, actor (Deputy)
  • 1898 (Le)Roy Harris, Okla, composer (When Johnny Comes Marching Home)
  • 1900 Ferenc K”rmendy, Hungarian/US author (Budapest Kaland)
  • 1902 William D Revelli, Spring Gulch Colorado, band leader
  • 1904 Ted Mack, Denver Colo, TV host (Original Amateur Hour)
  • 1905 Harry Bellaver, actor (Sgt Arcaro-Naked City)
  • 1909 Barry Wood, New Haven Ct, singer (Your Hit Parade)
  • 1910 Lee Byung Chull, Korean industrialist, founder of Samsung Business
  • 1911 Charles Mathiesen, Norway, 1500m speed skater (Olympic-gold-1936)
  • 1911 Sylvstre A Guzm n Fern ndez, president (Dominican Republic)
  • 1912 Ernest Clark, London England, actor (Doctor in the House)
  • 1913 Pedro Gastao de Orleans e Bragan‡a II, empreror of Brazil
  • 1914 Gordon Tex Beneke, saxophonist/bandleader/vocalist (Glenn Miller Orch
  • 1915 Andrew J Goodpaster, US, general/supreme commander NATO-Europe
  • 1915 Lorne Greene, Ottawa Canada, actor (Bonanza, Battlestar Galactica)
  • 1916 Joseph L Alioto, (Mayor-SF)
  • 1917 Thomas K Scherman, NYC, conductor (Little Orch Society 1947-75)
  • 1918 Dominic DiMaggio, baseball outfielder (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1918 Julian S Schwinger, US physicist
  • 1919 Forrest Tucker, Plainfield Ind, actor (O'Rourke-F Troop, Dusty Trail)
  • 1923 Franco Zeffirelli, Italy, director (Romeo & Juliet)
  • 1923 James Abdnor, (Sen-R-SD, 1981-87)
  • 1926 Joe Garagiola, St Louis Mo, sportscaster/host (Today Show)
  • 1927 Anne Gillis, Little Rock Ark, actress (Adv of Tom Sawyer, Little Men)
  • 1930 Arlen Specter, (Sen-R-PA, 1981- )
  • 1931 Constance A Morella, (Rep-R-Maryland)
  • 1932 Lincoln Kilpatrick, St Louis Mo, actor (BJ-Leslie Uggams Show)
  • 1933 Juanita (Ruth) Coulson, sci-fi author (Web of Wizardry, Space Trap)
  • 1934 Bill Russell, US, NBA star (Olympic-gold-1956)
  • 1935 Ray Manzarek, keyboardist (Doors-Light My Fire)
  • 1936 Joe Don Baker, Groesback Tx, actor (Eischied, Walking Tall, Fletch)
  • 1936 Paul Shenar, Milwaukee Wisc, actor (Carrington-Roots)
  • 1937 Charles Dumas, high jumper (Olympic-gold-1956)
  • 1937 Charles Everett Dumas, Tulsa Ok, high jumper (Olympic-gold-1956)
  • 1938 Judy Blume, author (Wifey)
  • 1940 Hank Brown, (Rep-R-CO, 1981-88)
  • 1941 Naomi Uemura, mountain climber, 1st Japanese to scale Everest
  • 1945 Cliff DeYoung, LA Calif, actor (F/X, Hunger, Shock Treatment)
  • 1945 Joe Schermie, bassist (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World)
  • 1945 Maud Adams, Lulea Sweden, actress (Octopussy, Rollerball, Tattoo)
  • 1946 Ever Meulen, (Eddy Vermeulen), designer (children stamps 1992)
  • 1947 Gus Willemse, bassist/singer (Solution)
  • 1949 Stanley Knight, country artist (Black Oak Arkansas-High on the Hog)
  • 1950 Steve Hackett, rock guitarist (Genesis-Against All Odds/GTR)
  • 1951 Gil Moore, rocker (Triumph)
  • 1952 Salvador Pineda, Mexico City, doctor
  • 1953 Joanna Kerns, SF Calif, actress (Maggie Seaver-Growing Pains)
  • 1953 Simon MacCorkindale, Cambridge England, actor (Falcon Crest, Manimal)
  • 1955 Daniele Masala, Italy, pentathelete (Olympics-1976)
  • 1956 Ad P Melkert, Dutch 2nd Chamber member (PvdA)
  • 1956 Arsenio Hall, comedian (Alan Thicke, Arsenio, Coming to America)
  • 1958 Andie MacDowell, (Rosalie Anderson), Gaffney SC, actress (Green Card)
  • 1958 Ruth Guerri, St Louis Mo, playmate (July, 1983)
  • 1959 Nancy Remy, reporter (NYC's Shadow Traffic)
  • 1959 Omar Hakim, drummer (Dire Straits, Weather Report)
  • 1959 Sigrid Thornton, Australia, actress (Amelia Lawson-Guns of Paradise)
  • 1967 Stephen Baldwin, actor (William Cody-Young Riders)
  • 1968 Chynna Phillips, LA Calif, singer (Wilson Philips-Hold On)
  • 1969 Josh Brolin, actor (Johnny-Private Eye, Jimmy Hickok-Young Riders)
  • 1970 Bryan Roy, soccer star (Ajax)
  • 1976 Christopher Pettiet, LA Calif, actor (Young Riders)
  • 1980 Christina Ricci, actress


Passings for February 12


  • 1128 Toghtekin, slave of Damascus, dies
  • 1242 Hendrik VII, Roman Catholics German king (1220-35), commits suicide
  • 1590 Fran‡ois Hotman/Hotomanus, French lawyer/diplomat, dies at 65
  • 1594 Giovanni/Gianetto P da Palestrina, Italian bandmaster/composer, dies
  • 1787 Ruggiero Boscovich, Italy, physicist/astronomer/philospher, dies at 7
  • 1804 Immanuel Kant, philosopher, dies at 79 in K”nigsberg, Prussia
  • 1896 C L Ambroise Thomas, French composer (Mignon), dies
  • 1896 Isaac Murphy, jockey, 628 wins on 1,412 mounts (44.5%) dies at 35
  • 1916 J W Richard Dedekind, German mathematician, dies
  • 1929 Freiherr Albert von Schrenk-Notzing, German para-psychologist, dies
  • 1942 Grant Wood, US painter (American Gothic), dies at 49
  • 1945 Walraven (Wally) van Hall, banker/resisted Nazis, executed at 39
  • 1955 Tom Moore, actor (Ladies be Seated, Majority Rules), dies at 71
  • 1965 Henry Kulky, actor (Otto-Life of Riley), dies at 53
  • 1971 George Shelton, actor (It Pays to be Ignorant), dies at 86
  • 1971 James Cash Penney, US founder (JC Penney, dies at 95
  • 1976 Clifton Williams, band master (Sinfonians), dies at 52
  • 1982 Cornelis Rijnsdorp, writer (Owing), dies at 87
  • 1984 Anna Anderson Manahan (Grand Duchess Anastasia?), dies in Virginia
  • 1985 Nicholas Colssanto, actor (Coach-Cheers), dies at 61
  • 1986 Sid Stone, comedian (Milton Berle Show), dies at 82
  • 1987 Lang Jeffries, actor (Skip-Rescue 8), dies at 55
  • 1989 Mauritius Balfoort, French/Flemish director, dies at 83
  • 1989 Thomas Bernhard, Dutch/Austrian writer (Heldenplatz), dies
  • 1991 Robert Wagner, mayor of NYC (1954-65), dies
  • 1992 Bep (Lambertus) van Klaveren, boxing champ (Olympic-gold-1928), dies
  • 1992 Ton Brandsteder, CEO (Sony Netherland BV), dies


Special events for February 12


  • 1049 Bruno count of Egesheim & Dagsburg crowned Pope Leo IX
  • 1528 Treaty of Dordrecht between emperor & ecclesiastical power
  • 1541 Santiago, Chile founded (or Feb 24)
  • 1733 Georgia founded by James Oglethorpe, at site of Savannah
  • 1772 Yves de Kerguelen of France discovers Kerguelen Archipelago, India
  • 1793 1st US fugitive slave law passed; requires return of escaped slaves
  • 1797 Haydn's song "Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser" 1st performed, Vienna
  • 1818 Chile gains independence from Spain
  • 1821 Mercantile Library of City of NY opens
  • 1839 Boundary dispute between Maine & New Brunswick leads to Aroostook
  • 1840 Housatonic Railroad opens
  • 1848 Ballet "Faust" premiers, Milan
  • 1850 Original Washington's Farewell Address manuscript sells for $2,300
  • 1861 State troops seize US munitions in Napoleon, AK
  • 1865 Henry Highland Garnet, is 1st black to speak in US House of Reps
  • 1873 Congress abolishes bimetallism & authorizes $1 & $3 gold coins
  • 1877 1st news dispatch by telephone, between Boston & Salem, Mass
  • 1877 US railroad builders strike against wage reduction
  • 1878 Frederick Thayer patents catcher's mask (pat # 200,358)
  • 1879 1st artificial ice rink in North America (Madison Sq Garden, NYC)
  • 1880 National Croquet League organizes (Phila)
  • 1891 E Millosevich discovers asteroid #303 Josephina
  • 1899 -47ø F (-44ø C), Camp Clarke, Nebraska (state record)
  • 1899 1st 2-man team 6-day bicycle race in US begins, MSG, NYC
  • 1902 L Carnera discovers asteroid #481 Emita
  • 1908 Anna Jeanes bequeaths $1,000,000 to Swarthmore to become all female
  • 1908 Around the World Autombile Race begins in NYC
  • 1909 National Association for Advancement of Colored People forms
  • 1909 Netherland's SDAP suspends Marxist Tribune group (Gorter & Wine)
  • 1912 China adopts Gregorian calendar
  • 1912 Last Ch'ing (Manchu) emperor of China, Henry P'u-i, abdicates
  • 1915 Cornerstone laid for Lincoln Memorial in Wash DC
  • 1921 Soviet troops invade Georgia (theirs, not ours)
  • 1921 Winston Churchill becomes England, minister of Colonization
  • 1924 Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue" premiers at Carnegie Hall (NYC)
  • 1925 1st federal arbitration law approved by Congress
  • 1925 E Thieffry departs with Handley Page for the Belgian Congo
  • 1925 Estonia forbids communist Party
  • 1926 S Belyavskij discovers asteroids #1084 Tamariwa & #1094 Siberia
  • 1927 British expeditionary army lands in Shanghai
  • 1929 Karst Leemburg wins Dutch Elfstedentocht skate (11:30)
  • 1929 P Bourgeois discovers asteroid #1547 Nele
  • 1932 Communistic Party Holland forms Unemployed Combat Committee
  • 1934 Export-Import Bank incorporates
  • 1934 France hit by a general strike against fascist & royalists
  • 1935 Great airship, USS Macon, crashes into Pacific Ocean
  • 1936 E Delporte discovers asteroid #2101 Adonis
  • 1937 Cleveland (now Los Angeles) Rams granted an NFL franchise
  • 1937 L Boyer discovers asteroids #1413 Roucarie & #1414 Jerome
  • 1939 Y Vaisala discovers asteroid #1541 Estonia
  • 1941 Occupation Police arrest "Jewish Foursome"
  • 1942 3 German battle cruisers escape via Channel to Brest N Germany
  • 1942 L Oterma discovers asteroids #1680 Per Brahe & #2846 Ylppo
  • 1945 SF selected for site of UN Conference
  • 1947 Daytime fireball & meteorite fall seen in eastern Siberia
  • 1947 Record 100.5-kg sailfish caught, C W Stewart, Galapagos Islands
  • 1948 1st Lt Nancy Leftenant becomes 1st black in army nursing corps
  • 1949 Panic in Quito Ecuador, after "War of the World" played on radio
  • 1949 Team Canada beats Denmark 47-0 in hockey
  • 1949 Unidentified aircraft bomb Jerusalem
  • 1950 Albert Einstein warns against hydrogen bomb
  • 1950 Sen Joe McCarthy claims to have list of 205 communist govt employees
  • 1953 USSR breaks relations with Israel
  • 1955 McGuire Sisters' "Sincerely" single goes to #1 & stays #1 for 10 week
  • 1955 Pres Eisenhower sends 1st US advisors to S Vietnam
  • 1955 Soviets decides space center built in Baikonur, Kazachstan
  • 1955 WTVY TV channel 4 in Dothan, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 Gen Miguel Ydegoras Fuentes elected president of Guatemala
  • 1960 Chinese army honarary 12 Indies soldiers
  • 1961 USSR launches Venera 1 toward Venus
  • 1962 Bus boycott starts in Macon, Georgia
  • 1963 Argentina asks extraditon of ex-president Peron
  • 1964 Beatles 1st NYC conert (Carnegie Hall)
  • 1965 KHFI (now KBVO) TV channel 42 in Austin, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 Keith Richards, Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithful busted for drugs
  • 1967 Pirate Radio Free Harlem (NYC) begins transmitting
  • 1973 1st US POWs in N Vietnam released; 116 of 456 flown to Philippine
  • 1977 Toronto Maple Leafs shutout Washington Capitals 10-0
  • 1979 Kosmos 1076, 1st Soviet oceanographic satellite, launched
  • 1980 2nd Islander scoreless tie-Jets at Nassau
  • 1980 NY Islanders 2nd scoreless tie, vs Winnipeg Jets
  • 1981 Cape Verde ammends its constitution
  • 1981 Pete Squires sets record for 1575 steps of Empire State Bldg, 10m
  • 1982 Wayne Gretsky scores 153rd point of season, tieing NHL record
  • 1984 Cale Yarborough, becomes 1st Daytona 500 qualifier, above 200 MPH
  • 1987 Survivors of a black man murdered by KKK members awarded $7 M damages
  • 1989 5 Pakistani Moslem rioters killed protesting "Satanic Verses" novel
  • 1989 Gretzky sets 2 records, his 45th hat trick & 10th 40+ goal season
  • 1989 Thursday's Child sets sailing record, NY-Cape Horn-SF, 80 d 20 h
  • 1991 Iceland recognizes Lithuania's independence
  • 1991 North & South Korea form a joint team for table tennis competition
  • 1994 17th Olympic Winter games opens in Lillehammer, Norway


Songs for date February 12


  • 02/12/66 --- Working My Way Back To You (Four Seasons)
  • 02/12/66 --- I Fought The Law (Fuller, Bobby)
  • 02/12/66 --- Elusive Butterfly (Lind, Bob)
  • 02/12/72 --- Way Of Love, The (Cher)
  • 02/12/72 --- Heart Of Gold (Young, Neil)
  • 02/12/83 --- Mr. Roboto (Styx)
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